Regulators Move to Rollback Pipeline Safety Rules

by | Apr 20, 2020

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed to finalize the revision, rollback, or elimination of some pipeline safety requirements, including creation of oil spill response plans, as well as “safety and reporting requirements for pipelines transporting hazardous liquids or carbon dioxide.” PHMSA’s state goal is “to reduce regulatory burdens and improve regulatory clarity without compromising safety and environmental protection.” But the rule changes “could make the oil pipelines that crisscross our country more likely to create larger oil spills,” said Kristen Monsell of the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. Status: Proposed rule change published in Federal Register on April 16, 2020. Public comment period closes June 15, 2020.

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